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Marvin MAGER

Marvin Adam MAGER of Tinley Park died Sept. 23 at South Suburban Hospital in Hazel Crest. A 1 p.m. memorial service is Saturday at Zion Lutheran Church in Tinley Park. Arrangements are by Gerardi Funeral Home in Frankfort. Mr. MAGER was born Sept. 22, 1917, in Mokena. He was a pattern maker. He held various offices with the Pattern Makers League of North America, and was a member of International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, Loyal Order of Moose and Viking Club. He served on the Tinley Park zoning board of appeals and was an Orland Township school trustee. He was a volunteer for the American Cancer Society. He was a member of the U.S. Army Reserve. He is survived by his daughter Bonnie (Thomas) MITCHELL of Frankfort; son Gerald of Massachusetts; nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife Ruth. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association or the American Disaster Relief Fund.

Source: The Star, 27 Sep 2001; Date of Death: 23 Sep 2001 Posted by Colleen Bettenhausen, Sep 27, 2001


Death claims Daniel MAHONEY Was Fireman of train which carried Lincoln’s body to Capital. Born in Ireland Daniel MAHONEY 94 years old, died in his home on a farm five and one half miles southwest of Joliet on route 7. Troy Township, Will County,at 1:00 o’clock in the morning after a short illness. Mr. MAHONEY was born in Cork, Ireland, in 1837,the son of Mr. and Mrs Dennis MAHONEY. He lived there in a log cabin until he was seven years old, later moving to a farm. When he was 14 years old he came to America on a sailboat that made the trip in three months and three days. Of the 700 who made the trip only 43 landed. His mother and sister died en route.After a short visit in Chicago, he went to Wilmington, where he helped build a bonfire to welcome the first Chicago and Alton train that went over the tracks there. He was employed as fireman and was a member of the crew of the train carrying Lincoln’s body from Bloomington to Springfield. Mr. MAHONEY was united in Marriage to Sarah HAMLIN of Rochester,IN. Nine children were born of the marriage.Mrs. MAHONEY died eighteen years ago. Twenty years ago he purchased the the Raleigh Reed farm where he spent the remainder of his life with his daughter, Mrs. B.V. MURPHY. He is survived by three sons. Edward f. MAHONEY of Joliet Township, Dennis of Joliet, Daniel of Minneapolis MN, and three daughters, Mrs. Katherine MURPHY, Mrs. Mary EWING,of Chicago, and Mrs. Sarah MATHES of Chicago. Fourteen grand children, three great grandchildren; a brother John MAHONEY of Rochester IN and a sister Mrs Mary BARRY of Symerton also survive.

Source: Unknown newspaper and date; Date of Death: May 12, 1931 Posted by Melissa Rothman, Dec 7, 1999


Edward MAHONEY,63 years old, Troy Township, died yesterday at Research Hospital in Chicago. He was born at Wilmington on Feb.26,1876 and was a lifetime resident of this locality.He spent his earlier years in Wilmington, homesteaded a tract of land in Montana for four years and was employed by the Chicago & Joliet Electric railwayfor 16 years during which time he operated a car between Joliet and Rockdale. For the last 17 years he has lived on a farmon Troy road.Mr MAHONEY is survived bytwo daughters, Mrs. Lawrence PARSONS and Miss Margarite MAHONEY of Chicago; one son Edward; one stepson Bruce BACKSTROM; two brothers Daniel of Minneapolis, and Dennis of Chicago; three sisters, Mrs. Bernard MURPHY, Joliet, and Mrs. Albert EWING and Mrs. Saddie MATTHEWS, Chicago, and six grandchildren. The body has been removed to the Sonntag Funeral home. Services will be held at St. Joseph’s church in Rockdale at 9 o’clock Saturday morning, Burial will be in St. Rose cemetery, Will County Wilmington.

Source: unknown newspaper and date; Date of Death: 1939 Posted by Melissa Rothman, Dec 7, 1999


Mrs. Edward MAHONEY, 52 years old,Troy Rd, died suddenly last night at 6 o’clock in St. Joseph’s Hospital. She had been ill only for a day. Mrs Mahoney was born in Breckinridge CO and came to Joliet with her parents when she was seven years old. She was educated in the public grade and high schools of Joliet Will County. and was a teacher for several years in Troy and Mones. The former Ethel BLODGETT was married to Edward MAHONEY, who survives, 17 years ago; Besides the husband she is survived by one son, Bruce BACKSTROM, Joliet; Two step- daughters, Mrs Vera PARSONS and Miss Margarite MAHONEY both of Chicago; and one step-son Edward MAHONEY jr.Joliet a sister Mrs. Elsie B. BRADLEY, Joliet; an uncle,Herbert SPENCER, Joliet, and two nephews, Gaylord and Robert BRADLEY, both of Joliet.

Source: unknown newspaper and date Posted by Melissa Rothman, Dec 7, 1999


Age 79. Monday October 16, 2000 at Provena St. Joseph Medical Center. Born September 5, 1921 in Sullivan County, MO and a lifetime Joliet resident. A retired bookkeeper for Joliet Auto Supply; and previous to that she was Parish secretary at St. Bernard Catholic Church. Member of the Ladies auxiliary St. Joseph, American Legion Post # 1080. Loving mother of Theresa (William) REILMAN of Pontiac, Daniel (Veronica) MAHONEY of Joliet,Patrick (Josephine) MAHONEY of Antioch CA, Mary (Joseph) HISCHIER of Rockdale. Kimberly (Robert)LEE of Manhattan; dear stepmother of Claire D. (Darlene) MAHONEY of Lockport; 24 grandchildren; one brother Lester “Buddy”(Wendy) CHASTEEN; three nephews and her faithful companion Sasha. Preceded in death by her husband Clair D. MAHONEY; daughters Kathleen MAHONEY and Jean (Richard) MARION; Parents, Louis and Roxie (nee GILL) CHASTEEN. Funeral services for Louise M. MAHONEY will be Thursday October 19,2000 at 9:30 a.m. from the West Chapel to St. John Catholic church for a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 a.m. Interment Mt. Olivet Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials in her memory to St. Joseph School in Mahattan would be appreciated.Visitation Wednesday 2-5 and 7-9 at: Fred C. Dames West Chapel 3200 Black at essington Rds.

Source: unknown newspaper and date Posted by Melissa Rothman, Nov 11, 2000


Suicide — Mrs. Nancy MAHONEY, wife of John MAHONEY a farmer in good circumstance residing two miles west of this city, poisoned herself to death on last Friday by taking arsenic. In a fit of insanity she came to the city and procured poison, on the same day returned home and took the fatal dose. Dr. REESE was called, but arrived too late to save her from the effects of her rash act. She died in a few hours after she took the poison, in the greatest agnoy.

Source: Joliet Signal, Joliet, IL, Vol. 20, No. 51, Page 2, Jun 2, 1863 Posted by Lawrence B Peet, Aug 4, 2000

Charles W. MANCKE

Herald News, 28 Dec 2005: Charles W. MANCKE “Charlie the Barber” Age 82, of Lockport, passed away Sunday, December 25, 2005 at his home in Lockport. Charles is survived by his loving family, his wife of 60 years, Lucille MANCKE(nee WOODCOCK); two sons, Verlin (Joyce) MANCKE, Tracy (Colette) MACKE; two sisters, Lorraine SIPPEL, Norma SIPPEL; six grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews. Charles was preceded in death by his parents, Charles H. and Laura MANCKE (nee SCHULTZ); one son, Kimball MANCKE; two brothers-in-law, Clarence SIPPEL and Gilbert SIPPEL. Charles was born on May 29, 1923 in Tinley Park, IL. He lived in the Manhattan area as a farmer and moved to Joliet in 1945. Charles, “Charlie the Barber” worked in Lockport for 59 years. Family will receive friends at the Goodale Memorial Chapel, 912 S. Hamilton, St., Thursday, December 29, 2005 from 2:00 PM until time of funeral service at 4:00 PM. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Ridgewood Baptist Church, 1968 Hillcrest Rd., Joliet, IL. 60433, would be appreciated. The MANCKE family would like to extend a special “Thank You” to Charles’ loving caregiver, Lyubov for her compassion and support. Goodale Memorial Chapel, 912 S. Hamilton St. (815)838-1533

Source: Joliet Herald News, 28 Dec 2005 Posted by Colleen Bettenhausen, Dec 28, 2005

Arthur Conrad MARK

Arthur Conrad MARK Jr. Age 66. Late of Frankfort, died November 5, 2002 at home. Veteran of U.S. Army. Survived by his wife, Jeanette (nee SIEVERT); three daughters, Lisa (Daniel) DEWAR of Lemont, Stacia (Mark) YOUNGLOVE and Sabrina (Alfredo) VELEZ both of Frankfort; a sister, Mary (Roger) BARCLAY of DeKalb; a brother, LeVerne (Nancy) of Bettendorf, Iowa; five grandchildren, Ashley, Christina and Jonathan DEWAR, Nicholas and Kayla YOUNGLOVE son-in-law of Viola SIEVERT of Frankfort. Arthur was the owner of a hog farm. He was a charter member and board member (22 years) of Faith Temple Assembly of God Church. Past President of Frankfort Kiwanis Club. Board member of Frankfort School District 157 (13 years). Visitation Friday, 2:00-9:00 p.m. at the church, Elsner Rd., Frankfort. Services Saturday 11:00 a.m. at the church. Interment Rose Hill Cemetery in Green Garden Township. In lieu of flowers, family requests memorials to the church. Arrangements by Gerardi Funeral Home, Lincoln Highway at 95th Avenue, Frankfort. 815/469-2144

Source: Joliet Herald News, 6 Nov 2002 Posted by Colleen Bettenhausen, Nov 12, 2002

Betty J. MARK

Betty J. MARK (Nee NUNES) Age 79 years young. Late of Frankfort passed away suddenly at home September 14, 2005. Born April 5, 1926 to Lee and Dorothy (Nee VOLKER) in Chicago. She and her husband, Walter, were married September 9, 1944. Betty worked in their grocery store in Frankfort until 1970. She then went to work for the Will County Health Department for 15 years until 1985. We won the lottery on June 15, 1985. She then became a housewife until the present day. God and I, and us, are going to miss her! She is survived by her husband, Walter of 61 years; two sons, Richard (Denice Nee REASIN) Blackie the cat; a daughter, Connie (Russell) ELWELL; six grandchildren, Peggy MARK, Angie ELWELL(Bryan) BORYS, Carla ELWELL (David) GALATI, Tonya ELWELL (Scott MAZIES), William ELWELL, Amber ELWELL(Colin NORWICH); one great-granddaughter, Kaylee Christine MARK; also two sisters-in-law, Henrietta FRANCKE and Frances SCHROEDER. Also numerous special relatives and friends. We all love her. Preceded in death by parents, Lee and Dorothy NUNES; one daughter, Peggy Lee MARK; and in-laws, Conrad and Nellie MARK. Services Monday 10:00 a.m. at the funeral home. Interment Rose Hill Cemetery, Green Garden Township. Visitation is Sunday 2-7 p.m. at Gerardi Funeral Home, Lincoln Hwy. at 95th Ave., Frankfort. For information, (815) 469-2144.

Source: Joliet Herald News, 16 Sep 2005 Posted by Colleen Bettenhausen, Sep 16, 2005

Mrs. Margaret A. MARSHALL

Pioneer Woman Crosses River Mother Of Judge MARSHALL Dead-Other Old Settlers Pass Away Mrs. Margaret A. MARSHALL, mother of the Hon. A. O. MARSHALL, judge of the circuit court of this city, died at her home in Homer on Wednesday night, Jan. 29, as the result of a paralyzing stroke received about a week ago. Up to this shock, which entirely destroyed the use of her right side, and somewhat effected the left, Mrs. MARSHALL had been particularly bright and active for so old a lady. She was past 90 years at the time of her death. Margaet A. PADDOCK was born in Onandaga County, New York, on November 28, 1817. She came west to Illinois in the early 80s and was married to George MARSHALL in Will County on December 10, 1839. Her husband died December 17, 1850, during his return from California by water route and was buried at sea. Widowed, with seven small children to care for, the oldest only 10, and a 200 acre farm, worth about $1,500 at that time, Mrs. MARSHALL kept her family together and raised her children unaided. She was a truly remarkable woman. Mrs. MARSHALL leaves four sons, among the most distinguished men in Will County, Albert O. MARSHALL of Joliet who has the distinction of being the first man born in Will County to be elected circuit judge, and the first man born in Will County to be elected to the senate. Griffin MARSHALL, of Marley, R. W. MARSHALL, now of California, the first native born Will County man to hold office, having been county sheriff in 1870; George E. MARSHALL, now of Oregon, and editor of the Rennselaer, Ind. Republican, at one time; and one daughter, Mrs. Sarah GILLETT of Homer, at whose home she breathed her last. Mrs. MARSHALL leaves 20 grandchildren and six great grandchildren. Two sons and two grandsons have preceded her to the Great Beyond. Three of these sons of Will County and Mrs. MARSHALL served in the Civil War at the same time-Albert O., GRIFFIN, and R.W. MARSHALL. A fourth, Edwin Webb MARSHALL, left the service to die of typhoid fever shortly after his return. The funeral services will be held at the residence of David GILLETT in the town of Homer, at 1 o’clock Friday afternoon. Burial will be given in the Marshall Cemetery at Homer. Mrs. MARSHALL’s grandson, Chester MARSHALL, was ordained a minister in the Baptist Church about a month ago. Mrs. MARSHALL was a member of the Methodist Church all her life. Rev. AKERS of the Marley Baptist Church will preach the sermon.

Source: unknown newspaper and date; Date of Death: Jan 29, 1908 Posted by Deborah Hudolin, Aug 1, 1998

Loretta I. MARTIE

Loretta I. MARTIE(nee ERICKSON) Age 86. Passed away Tuesday, May 9, 2000, at Sunny Hill Nursing Home, Joliet, IL. Lifelong resident of Mokena. Beloved wife of the late Howard. Loving mother of Edwin (Cora “Corky”) and Richard (Mildred) and Lucille (Late Joe) NICHOLS. Fond grandmother of 5 and great grandmother of 13. Dear sister of Katherine (Late Les) CHIRSTENSON, Richard ERICKSON and the late Evelyn COLE. Lying in State Saturday from 9:30 a.m. until time of service 10:00 a.m. at St. John’s United Church of Christ, 11100 Second Street, Mokena. Interment St. John’s Cemetery. Visitation Friday from 3 until 9 p.m. at Vandenberg Funeral Home, 19604 South Wolf Road, Mokena. Active member of St. John’s Women’s Fellowship. In lieu of flowers, memorials to St. John’s United Church of Christ or Joliet Area Community Hospice, 335 West Jefferson Street, Joliet, IL 60435 appreciated. Info (708) 479-1210

Source: Joliet Herald News, 11 May 2000 Posted by Colleen Bettenhausen, May 11, 2000

Gustave E. MASTER

Gustave W. MASTER Decorated Army veteran of World War II and Korean War, retired Lieutenant Colonel. Beloved husband of the late Margaret E. (nee POLLEY); loving father of Louis M. (Susan), Barbara and Margaret H. (William) SOLDAN; dearest grandfather of Christine DIGRAZZIA Edward (Christina), James (Kristyn) SOLDAN, Brian and Jeremy Master; proud great grandfather of Steven, Rachael, Michael, Johathan, Madelyn, Matthew and Aidan; dear brother of Dorcas PARTLEY; Elroy MASTER and the late Fern MOYER and Harry MASTER. Visitation Sunday from 1 to 9 PM. Funeral Service Monday 10 AM at the Robert J. Sheehy & Sons Funeral Home, 9000 W. 151st St., Orland Park. Interment Chapel Hill Gardens South Cemetery. Past member of Grand Lodge of Georgia F & A.M. Fort Benning 579.

Source: Joliet Herald News, 4 Jan 2003 Posted by Colleen Bettenhausen, Jan 4, 2004

Emaline L. MATHER

Emaline L. MATHER, age 71, of Frankfort. Wife of Julius. Mother of Jenevra (Earl) YOUNKER, Eleanor (Larry) BAKER and the late Eloise KUNZ. Sister of Henry, Andrew and Walter BRAASCH; grandmother of seven. Great grandmother of three. Preceded in death by three sisters and two brothers. Resting at Hirsch Memorial Chapel, 183rd and Harlem, Tinley Park, Thursday 6-9 p.m. and Friday 2-9 p.m. Funeral services Saturday, 10 a.m. at the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Frankfort. Interment Mt. Vernon Cemetery, Lemont.

Source: Joliet Herald News, 2 Apr 1981; Date of Death: 31 Mar 1981 Posted by Colleen Bettenhausen, Oct 25, 2006


MATHEWS — Thomas H. MATHEWS, 78 years old, died at his home, 303 (possibly 808 or other combinations -L.B.P.) South Joliet street, last night. He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Catherine MATHEWS. The funeral will be held from the home to the Masonic Temple at 2:30 o’clock, where under the auspices of Matteson Lodge No. 175, A.F. and A.M. Burial in Oakwood.

Source: The Joliet Evening Herald-news, Joliet, IL, Feb 8, 1917 Posted by Lawrence B Peet, Jun 19, 2000


Sgt. Eugene MATHIS “Picture Man” (Photo) Departed suddenly on Thursday, December 14, 2000 after a long illness. He was born June 12, 1942 in Oxford, MS. He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers. Services will be held Tuesday, December 19, 2000 at 8:00 p.m. at the Shiloh M. B. Church, 00 Rev. Walton Dr., Lockport, IL. Rev. Richard House officiating. Visitation Tuesday 1-5 p.m. at the funeral home and 7-8 p.m. at the church. Interment Wednesday, December 20, 2000 at the Elmhurst Cemetery. Minor-Morris Funeral Home 112 Richard St. Joliet, 815/ 723-1283

Source: Herald News, Joliet, IL, Dec 17, 2000 Posted by Lawrence B Peet, Dec 28, 2000


Died, last evening, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Ed ROSS, corner Eighth and Jefferson streets, Mr. MEHAN after an illness of several months. Deceased was one of Lockport’s oldest residents, his age being 80 years. A widow and four children survive him. They are: Mrs. MEHAN, one son, Joseph MEHAN, three daughters, Mrs. Nellie ROSS, of Lockport; Mrs. Alice HARTMAN, of Chicago; and Mrs. Mary SACKETT, of Los Angeles, Cal. Funeral Sunday at 2 p.m. from St Denis’ church.

Source: The Daily Republican, Jan 3, 1903; Date of Death: Jan 2, 1903 Posted by Caroline Ross, Jul 30, 2002


Death of Mr. Merrill George C. Merrill, one of Joliet’s oldest and most respected residents, died last night at his residence, No. 405 Second avenue. On Tuesday night, while seated in a chair at his home, Mr. Merrill was stricken with paralysis, and he continued in a critical condition until the time of his death. Mr. Merrill was an employee at the Fox plant. He leaves a widow and several grown children, besides a large circle of friends, to mourn his departure. The funeral will be held Friday afternoon from the home at 2:30 o’clock. Mr. Merrill was an old soldier, and the G.A.R. will participate in the services. Burial in Oakwood.

Source: Unknown newspaper and date Posted by Lynn Barnes Rudberg, Nov 13, 1999


Funeral Services By The Former Pastors Philip MERSINGER Laid To Rest at Oakwood Cemetery Wednesday The funeral services conducted over the remains of the late Philip MERSINGER, Wednesday afternoon at the Ottawa street M.E. church were attended by a large crowd of the friends of the decedent who had for many years been so prominent socially and in a business way. Dr. Wilbur F. ATCHINSON, of Chicago, former pastor of the deceased had charge of the services and Dr. W. A. PHILLIPS, another former pastor offered prayer and had charge of the services at the home. Rev. H. M. HEILMAN and Rev. A.F. CLARKE, pastor (sic) of the Ottawa street church also took part in the solemn ceremonies, the later giving the obituary. Philip MERSINGER was born in Center County, Pennsylvania in 1840, and came to Joliet in 1878. He engaged in the music business and continued in that line up to the time of his death. His wife, who was Miss Sadie MCCORMACK, of Potter’s Mills, Pennsylvania, to whom he was married in 1880, survives him and takes charge of the business. Mr. MERSINGER died Monday, Nov. 26 after a brief illness which lasted but four days.

Source: Unknown newspaper and date; Date of Death: Nov 26, ?? Posted by Lynn Barnes Rudberg, Nov 9, 2000


METHENY, Rose The funeral of Miss Rose METHENY who died at the residence of her sister, Mrs. Harrison PALMER, March 3, was held at the Presbyterian Church on Saturday morning. Rev. C.S. ADAMS officiating. Miss Metheny was well known in this vicinity and her kind disposition made her loved by every one. She will be greatly missed in the Christian Endeavor and other church work in which she took great delight.

Source: Unknown newspaper and date Posted by Lynn Barnes Rudberg, Nov 21, 1999

Martin METZ

Elwood, Ill., April 24–The funeral of Martin METZ was held in the Presbyterian church Monday afternoon. Rev. NYE assisted by Rev. WILSON of the M. E. church officiated. The burial was in the Maple Hill cemetery. Mr. METZ was born in Franklin County, Pa., Jan. 3, 1824. While he was yet a child his parents moved across the mountains to Massilen, Ohio, where he lived till the spring of 1865, when he and his family came to Illinois, arriving in Joliet the same night President Abraham Lincoln was assinated. They settled on a prairie farm about four miles east of Elwood where they lived till the spring of 1876, when the family removed to Elwood into the house which has been his home until his death on Saturday, April 20, 1907, at the age of 82 years, 3 months, and 17 days. He has been an invalid for 10 years. He was a member of the German Reformed church for many years, never caring to leave it for any other denomination. He leaves five children, Rolland S., Samuel Allen, Wm. H., Leo M., and Annie M. Mrs. METZ died September 29, 1902. One daughter, Harriet Francis, died in Ohio, aged between three and four years.

Source: Unknown newspaper and date Posted by Lynn Barnes Rudberg, Oct 29, 2000

Charles A. MILLER

Charles Miller, Member of Early Family Here Dies Charles A. Miller, 59 years old, a member of one of Will County’s oldest families, died suddenly while raking leaves at his home, 215 Sterling Avenue yeaterday afternoon. He returned recently from the hospital where he had been treated. Mr. Miller’s grandfather came to Will County and settled in Joliet township south of what was then the timy village of Joliet. Later he moved to Jackson township. It was in this township that Charles Miller was born, August 3, 1879.

Source: Unknown newspaper and date; Date of Death: Abt. 1938 Posted by Deanna (Maxwell) Kwasny, Mar 4, 2003


J.W. MILLER Dies on Train Suddenly A telegran has been received by R.W.CROSSEN stating that J.W. MILLER, who left here Monday for Center Hall, Pa., died on the train before reaching his destination. His brother, who resides in Manhattan, was with him. He will be buried in Center Hall on Friday. Mr. MILLER was formerly a boss at the mills here and went to Cleveland, O., about two years ago. From that city he went to Buffalo, where his health failed and he left for Pueblo in the hope of recovery. The physicians at Pueblo gave him up a few weeks ago, and he left for the east, hoping to reach his old home. He spent a few days in Joliet and Manhattan last week.

Source: Unknown newspaper and date Posted by Lynn Barnes Rudberg, Nov 9, 2000

Kathryn C. MILLER

MILLER, Kathryn C. (HEISNER) Age 61, Late of Frankfort. February 1, 1986at Silver Cross Hospital. Survived by her husband, Harry E., two daughters, Donna (Roger) CORP and Lorna (Bert) BALAT both of Frankfort, two sisters, Ruby (Harold) MCARTHUR of Halfway, OR and Irene (Edward) LANE of Culver, IN, three brothrs, Lester (Arline) of Frankfort, Lloyd (Jean) of Rochelle, IL and Ralph of Spring Green, WI, six grandchildren, John, Tim, Jim, Greg, Debbie and Ann, numerous nieces and nephews. Lifelong resident of the area. Retired from Hedges Clinic. Member of Frankfort United Methodist Church, Royal Neighbors, American Legion Womens Auxiliary of the Bobzin-Swinford Post #1098. Funeral services Tuesday at 11:00 a.m. at the Frankfort United Methodist Church Reverned John CANTWELL officiating. Interment Skyline Cemetery, Monee. Visitation Monday 3-9 p.m. at the Gerardi Funeral Home-Frankfort Chapel, Lincoln Highway 95th Ave. and Tuesday at the church from 10 a.m. until time of services. Family requests memorials to the church.

Source: Joliet Herald, 3 Feb 1986 Posted by Colleen Bettenhausen on Wednesday, July 27, 2005


Mrs. Lena B. MILLER, 75, a resident of Joliet for the past 70 years, died Wednesday at her home, 1115 Sterling Ave., following a prolonged illness. The former Lena MAXWELL, she was born in Rensselaer, Ind., and came here at the age of five years. Her husband, Charles A.died in 1936. Mrs. MILLER was a member of the Royal Neighbors of America. Surviving are a son, George C. MILLER who is affiliated with the Farm Bureau; three grandchildren; nine great grandchildren; and numberous nieces, nephews and cousins. The body is at the Geerald Dames and Sons Funeral Home where friends may call from 2 to 5 and 7 to 10 p.m. Friday. Funeral arrangements are incomplete.

Source: Joliet Hearld News, Oct 12, 1961; Date of Death: Oct 11, 1961 Posted by Mary K. George, Dec 29, 2000

Magdalene Eva MIRENIC

Magdalene E. Mirenic, died at home on Mother’s Day, May 14, 1967. Born nee, Magdalene E. Hufnagel, on July 14,1915 in St. Louis, MO to Magdalena (Oszlinger) and Ernest Hufnagel. A resident of Joliet since 1950, she is survived by a daughter, Carol and husband John. Also surviving are her mother Magdalena, sister Irene (Leo) Burke, niece Caroline (Clifford) Ledford, nephew John Ksir, all of St. Louis. Visitation at Carlson Funeral Home, Ohio and Youngs Ave. from 10am to 2pm and from 4pm to 9pm Monday, May 15. Funeral services for Magdalene E. Mirenic Tuesday, May 16, from the Carlson Funeral Home to Mass at St. Anne’s Catholic Church in Crest Hill, burial at Woodlawn Cemetary.

Source: Joliet Herald News, May 15, 1966 Posted by Carol Carlson, Sep 2, 2002


Born in Veligoriza, Croatia, Sept 23, 1890. Life long resident of Joliet, IL. Died May 6, 1966 at St. Joseph Hospital in Joliet. Was employed by the Northern Illinois Gas Company,as General Foreman, retiring in 1955. Buried in Woodlawn Cemetary. Preceded in death by a son, Joseph, daughter Lucille, in infancy, and a daughter, Delores on Christmas Day, 1950. Survived by his wife, Anna (Barec), sons John (Magdaline), Frank (Theresa), William (Dora), and daughter, Helen.

Source: Joliet Herald News, May 8, 1966 Posted by Carol Carlson, Sep 2, 2002


Charles C. MISIUREWICZ Sr. “Chuck” Age 87. At rest Friday, December 15, 2000 aty Salem Village Nursing and Rehab Center. Loving father of Charles Jr. (Carol), Nancy STEGALL, Judy (Dr. Richard) DOIRON, Angie ( Judy), Bob (Mary), Mariann (Dan) HARVEY. Dearest grandfather of Chuckie, Christopher, Karen, Paul, Roger, Pam, Alicia, Michelle, Marc, Christine, Marie, Billy, Jenny, Andy, Amanda, Allison, John, Paul Josh, and Jessie; 19 great grandchildren. Also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. Preceded in death by his wife Alice A. (nee BERG) in 1997. One daughter, Lynn MORRIS; his parents Anton and Mary (nee KOSOBUCKI) MISIUREWICZ; and grand daughter, Becky MORRIS. Three brothers, Walter, Lenny, and Anton MISIUREWICZ. Charles was born in Morris, IL, resided in Joliet most of his lifetime. Retired in 1978 as a milkman from Meadow Gold. Member of St. Bernard parish, Belmont A.C. and Menekoa New Lenox Sportsman Club. Tezak Funeral Home 459 Ottawa St., Joliet 722-0524 From where a chapel service will be held Monday, December 18, 2000 at 1:00 p.m., with Rev. George Klepec officiating. Entombment Elmhurst Mausoleum. Visitation Monday morning from 11:00 a.m. until time of chapel services.

Source: Herald News, Joliet, IL, Dec 17, 2000 Posted by Lawrence B Peet, Dec 28, 2000


Ola Imogene Baker Mitchell, 79, of Peotone, died Wednesday, August 2, 2006 at Provena Our Lady of Victory Nursing Home, Bourbonnais. Visitation will be from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at the Fedde-Helfrich Chapel, Peotone, where services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday. Rev. Timothy Mitchell will officiate. Burial will be in Peotone Cemetery. Pallbearers will be John Ditta Jr., Kerry Johnston Jr., Jason Murray, Chris Cloonen, Nick Ditta, and Jeremy Mitchell. Memorials may be made to the family wishes. Mrs. Mitchell was retired from Bobbie Noonan Nursery School in Frankfort. She was born February 28, 1927, in Carbondale, the daughter of Ira and Mae McBride Baker. Her husband, William Howard Mitchell, whom she married March 4, 1944, in Marion, Kentucky, died in 1989. She was a member of the Christian faith. Surviving are 12 children, Rhonda (Joe) Cloonen of Irwin, Alice (Kerry) Johnston of Crete, Michael Mitchell of Chicago, Cindy (Bob) Fabian of Peotone, Paula (John) Ditta of Kankakee, Carol Murray of Peotone, Howard (Colleen) Mitchell of New Buffalo, Michigan, Bart (Donna) Mitchell of Peotone, Bret Mitchell of St. Louis, Missouri, John (Martti) Mitchell of Manteno, Barb (Guy) Cantone of Peotone; Jeff (Sarah) Mitchell of Mackinaw; 36 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren; and one brother, Paul Baker of Macomb. Deceased are one daughter, Sue Dolliver (1997); grandson, William Anton Fabian (1998); brother, John Baker; and sister, Georgia McFarland.

Source: Kankakee Journal, Aug 3, 2006 Posted by Margaret Jennings, Aug 4, 2006


Services were held recently for Sally Monahan, 73, of Melbourne Beach, Florida. Mrs. Monahan died September 7, 2004 at Holms Regional Medical Center. She was born March 11, 1931 in Chicago. She moved to Brevard County in 1991 from Manteno. She was a homemaker and a member of Victory Christian Church in Melbourne. She was a member of Women of the Moose and VFW Ladies Auxiliary. Mrs. Monahan is survived by 2 sons, Robert (Danette) Pozdoll of Lincolnton, Georgia and Randy (Shelley) Pozdoll of Orlando, Florida; 3 daughters, Carol (William) Gribac of Peotone and Dawn Pozdoll of Peotone and Jessica (Koert) Lyman of Orlando; grandchildren, Chad and Casey Gallagher, Tony Gribac, Melissa Tatum, Jared Pozdoll, Ashley and Amanda Coulter, Kyle and Keagan Pozdoll, Justin, Adam and Jordan Pozdoll and great grandchildren, Madison, Dawson, Peyton and Hope Gribac. She was preceded in death by her husband, John Monahan and her parents, Frank and Agnes Soban Skrzek. The funeral was conducted at Davis Seawinds Funeral Home in Melbourne. Memorials may be made to the Victory Christian Chapel, 560 Montreal Avenue, Melbourne, Florida 32935.

Source: Peotone Vedette, Sep 15, 2004 Posted by Margaret Jennings, Nov 1, 2004


Joliet Negro Killed By Romeo Marshall Attacked Officer Who Was Taking Intoxicated Colored Woman To Jail. John Montfield, a porter employed at Daley’s saloon, corner Marion and South Chicago street, was shot and instantly killed this afternoon at Romeo, when he resisted an officer attempting to arrest his companion, said to be his wife. The two had gone to Romeo to fish, and this afternoon the woman became intoxicated while in the village. She fell down on the railroad tracks and word was sent to the village marshall, Richard FARRELL. He took the woman in custody and removed her to the village lockup, accompanied by Montfield. The latter appeared willing that his companion be taken into custody and locked up until she became sober, but when the village marshall reached the lockup, Montfield showed fight. She was taken into custody, however, and landed behind bars. Later Montfield secured a heavy timber and battered the door down, assisted by colored men who came to his rescue. Race Riot Follows. What then developed into a race riot resulted in the killing of Montfield. Farrell called upon Village Trustee Louis HANSEN for assistance, and in the riot that followed, the negro was shot dead. The entire community joined in the fight, with the colored men on one side and the village authorities on the other. Several people were badly cut up in the scrimmage, and Sheriff STEVENSON was called upon for assistance. The Sherriff and six deputies were on the scene early in the afternoon and patrolled the district to prevent more bloodshed. Every white resident of the village armed himself and went to the rescue of the village officers. Montfield, who was married, lived on St. Louis street. He was aged 41 years and is declared to have been intoxicated when the riot took place.

Source: The Joliet News, Joliet, IL, 37th Year, No. 153, Page 1, Oct 7, 1913 Posted by Lawrence B Peet, Jan 19, 2001

Margaret MOONEY

Mooney, Margaret, nee HAYES, aged 53 years at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 16, 1927 at St. Joseph’s Hospital. Beloved daughter of Philip and Johanna HAYES, fond wife of the late John MOONEY, fond mother of Margaret, Mary, Agnes, Thomas and John MOONEY, sister of Miss Mary HAYES and James of Wilmington, Ill, Sister Leonard of the Dominican Order of Nuns of Omaha, Neb., Rt. Rev. Father John HAYES of Juneau, Alaska, Phillip J. of Spokane, Wash., Ambrose and Leonard of Gary, Ind. Funeral from the home, 8 miles on the Troy Road, Saturday, at 9:45 a.m. to St. Patrick’s Church at 10:30. Interment in St. Patrick’s Cemetery

Source: Joliet Evening Herald News, Nov 17, 1927 Posted by Anne Nelson, Jul 31, 2003

Zeta Loraine MORAN

Deaths Moran — Zeta Loraine MORAN, the only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Chas. MORAN, died Sept. 30, 1913, at 12:55 p. m., aged 2 years, 6 months. The funeral, which was private, was held from the home of her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Hugh McPARTLIN, 212 Gardner street, Oct. 1, 1913, at 2:30 p. m., Rev. VAN PELT officiating.

Source: The Joliet News, Joliet, IL, Oct 3, 1913 Posted by Lawrence B Peet, Jan 19, 2001

Caroline MORIN

Mrs. Caroline MORIN Taken By Death Mrs. Caroline MORIN, 65 years old, died yesterday in the home of her son, Oswald MORIN, 210 Ridgewood avenue. Surviving her are two sons, Oswald, Joliet, and Edgar, Warren, Pa.; four brothers and six grandchildren. The funeral service will be held Friday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock from the Wunderlich, Harris and Sontag funeral chapel with the Rev. G. H. Johnson officiating. Burial will be in Oakwood cemetery.

Source: Joliet Evening Herald News, Mar 24, 1927; Date of Death: Mar 23, 1927 Posted by Pat Martin, Dec 7, 2002


Lois Mae Bisping Morrison, 73, of Peotone, died Monday, October 20, 2003, from injuries sustained in an automobile accident. Visitation will be from 3-9 p.m. Friday at the Fedde-Helfrich Chapel in Peotone. Services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at Immanuel United Church of Christ in Peotone, where she was a member. Revs. Barbara Lohrbach and William Riegle will officiate. Burial will be in the Peotone Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Craig, Steve and Ryan Morrison, Michael, Andrew and Matthew Hasik, Jacob Domagalla and Marty and Karl Lindemann. Memorials may be made to the Eastern Will County Senior Services of Monee. Mrs. Morrison was the administrative director of the Eastern Will County Senior Services in Monee. She was born December 25, 1930, in Joliet, the daughter of Raymond W. (Mo) and Florence Emma (Bam) Mundt Bisping. Her husband, Reese Elmer Morrison, whom she married February 6, 1949 at Immanuel United Church of Christ in Peotone, is deceased. Surviving are 3 sons and 2 daughters-in-law, Michael Reese Morrison of Racine, Wisconsin; Steven Craig (Norma) Morrison of Decatur; David John (Kim) Morrison of Peotone; 3 daughters and 2 sons-in-law, Paula Jean (John) Hasik of St. Anne; Kathy Marie (Terry) Lindemann; and Patricia Ann Domagalla, all of Peotone; 19 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. One grandson, Albert Lindemann, and special friend, Richard Steury, are deceased. Mrs. Morrison was a member of the local and state Woman’s Club, a den mother of Boy Scouts, Girl Scout troop leader, Sunday school teacher and church youth group leader.

Source: Kankakee Journal, Oct 21, 2003 Posted by Margaret Jennings, Oct 1, 2005

Lois Mae MORRISON (nee BISPING) Age 72, of Peotone, Il., Monday, October 20, 2003 following an automobile accident. She was born December 25, 1930 in Joliet, IL. to Raymond W. “Mo” Bisping and Florence Emma “Bam” (nee Mundt) Bisping. She was an Administrative Director of Eastern Will County Senior Services, Monee, IL. On February 6, 1949 at Immanual United Church of Christ in Peotone, she married Reese Elmer Morrison. Survived by her sons, Michael Reese Morrison of Racine, Wi, Steven Craig (Norma) Morrison of Decatur, IL, David John (Kim) Morrison of Peotone; daughters, Paula Jean (John) Hasik of St. Anne, Il, Kathy Marie (Terry) Lindemann of Peotone, Patricia Ann Domagalla of Peotone; 19 grandchildren; and ten great- grandchildren. Preceded in death by her parents; husband, Reese Elmer Morrison; grandson, Al Lindemann; and special friend, Richard Steury. Member of Immanuel United Church of Christ, Peotone. Also, Women’s Club Locally and Statewide, Den Mother of Boy Scouts, Girl Scout Troop Leader, Sunday School Teacher and Church Youth Group Leader. Visitation Friday, October 24, 3:00-9:00 p.m. at Fedde-Helfrich Chapel. Funeral service Saturday, October 25, 10:00 a.m. at Immanuel United Church of Christ, Peotone. Officiating Clergy Rev. Barbara Lohrbach and Rev. William Riegle. Interment Peotone Cemetery. Memorials to Eastern Will County Senior Services of Monee, IL. Pallbearers Craig Morrison, Steve Morrison, Ryan Morrison, Michael Hasik, Andrew Hasik, Matthew Hasik, Jacob Domagalla, Marty Lindemann and Karl Lindemann.

Source: Joliet Herald News, 22 Oct 2003 Posted by Colleen Bettenhauseny, Nov 29, 2003


Died MORSE-Ettie, wife of F.A.MORSE, last night at the residence, three and one-half miles northwest of Elwood, aged 32 years. Deceased leaves the husband and three children, also her mother and two brothers, all residents of Jackson. The funeral will be held at Brown church, on Chicago street, tomorrow morning at 10 o’clock. Rev. STROUT, of this city will officiate. The burial will be in the Brown church cemetery and the Court of Honor of Elwood will have charge of the funeral.

Source: Unknown newspaper and date Posted by Lynn Barnes Rudberg, Oct 30, 2000

William MORSE

MORSE-William C. MORSE died at 6:10 o’clock this morning at his home south of Joliet aged 79 years. He leaves a wife and eight children, five boys and three girls. Mr MORSE had lived here for fifty years. The funeral will leave the house Friday morning at 10 o’clock and services will be held at Brown Church at 11. Rev. Phelps will officiate.

Source: Unknown newspaper and date Posted by Lynn Barnes Rudberg, Jul 16, 2000


Plainfield Mr. John MOTTINGER, father of Mr. S.L. MOTTINGER, and for many years a resident of this place, died at Akron, Ohio, December 15th, at the advanced age of 84 years. Mr. MOTTINGER was German descent and was long a leading member in our Evangelical church. An honest and upright man, he was respected by all who knew him.

Source: Will County Commercial Advertiser, Dec 20, 1883 Posted by Priscilla Caris, May 22, 2001


Pneumonia Is Fatal To Mrs. C. H. Moulton Well Known Resident of Wilmington Passes Away Unexpectedly. Mrs. C. H. MOULTON, one of the best known women of Wilmington, died last night at her home between Wilmington and Richey, as a result of an attack of pneumonia, the end coming at 7:30. Mrs. Moulton had been caring for her husband who had been ill and was seized last Saturday. Mrs. Moulton had nursed her husband through an attack of the same disease and when taken to her bed, stated that she was feeling badly, but her friends were not preparedto hear of her death, which was unexpected. She leaves few relatives. Mr. Moulton, formerly an Alton conductor, has lived on the farm with his wife for the past 25 years. There are no children. Two nieces reside in Chicago, and another in New York. All three of her sisters have passed beyond, the last one, Mrs. A. D. CLEGHORN of Chicago, a year ago. Mrs. Moulton was about 65 years of age. No arrangements have been made for the funeral. Mrs. Frank H. HALL, a sister of Mr. Moulton, has been called to the home.

Source: The Joliet News, Joliet, IL, 37th Year, No. 285, Page 18, Mar 13, 1914 Posted by Lawrence B Peet, Jan 10, 2001


Mr. Dan MOULTON, an old resident of this town, died at his residence, April 24, from a cancer in the stomach from which he has suffered for more than a year. Mr. Moulton came to this State from Batavia, New York, over forty years ago and has been a resident of this county most of the time since. He was a man universally respected for his strict integrity of character and honesty of purpose. He leaves a wife and five grown children to mourn his loss. They were all at his bedside to comfort him during his last sickness. A very appropriate funeral sermon was delivered by the Rev. MINTY, pastor of the Methodist Church, of which Mr. MULTON was one of the oldest members. The audience was one of the largest that ever assembled in that church. He was buried at the New Lenox Cemetery. J. B. [Note: The heading of the column is “Mokena,” so “this town” probably referes to same. Also, MOULTON and MOLTON are both used in the obituary to refere to the same person. L. B. Peet.]

Source: The Joliet Weekly Sun, Joliet, IL, Vol. 8, No. 38, Page 10, May 1, 1880 Posted by Lawrence B Peet, Jul 27, 2000


Funeral services for Emma WERNER MUELLER, 88, were held at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in Manhattan on Thursday, Sept. 29, 1977. She died in Silver Cross Hospital on Monday, Sept. 26 after a gradual failing in health. She was born in Peotone Township, the daughter of the late Anton and Eva LOEPPERT WERNER. Soon after, the family moved to Manhattan Township where most of the family have spent much of their entire lives. On March 23, 1902, she was confirmed at St. John’s United Church of Christ in North Peotone. On Oct. 1, 1913 she was married in her home to the late Edward MUELLER of Manhattan Township. In 1913, by letter, her church membership was transferred to St. Paul’s united Church of Christ. She joined the Women’s Fellowship in which she served in many ways. Besides her parents and her husband, she was also preceded in death by a son, Raymond. a grandson, Ronald Schmidt, three sisters, Minnie BETTENHAUSEN, Kathryn KNAPP, and Clara BOBZIN, three brothers, Peter, John and Fred. Survivors are three daughters, Dorothy WALDHAUSER of Manhattan, Ruth (Harold) ZATTEAU of Darien, and Marjorie (Lloyd) SCHMIDT of Manhattan; five grandchildren and nine great grandchildren; a brother Emil of Bradly, also two brothers, Albert and Ervin of Manhattan; nieces and nephews. The remains were removed from the Fred C. Dames Funeral Home in Manhattan to St. Paul’s Church of Christ on Thursday where she lay in state until the time of services at 1:30 p.m. with her pastor Rev. Eugene KALKBRENNER and her nephew Rev. George KNAPP (“Georgie” as she always called him) officiating. Pallbearers were nephews Emery Bettenhausen, Maynard Werner, Marvin Knapp, Donald Werner, Glen Borden and William Boyle.

Source: Manhattan American, 5 Oct 1977; Date of Death: 26 Sep 1977 Posted by Colleen Bettenhausen, Dec 1, 2003

Donald P. MUNDT

Manhattan – Donald P. Mundt, 88, of Manhattan, died Friday, March 7, 2003 at Silver Cross Hospital. He was the son of Charles and Mary (Reitz) Mundt. He was a lifelong farmer in the Wilton area. He worked for the Village of Manhattan for 20 years as maintenance and water treatment manager. He also served as a volunteer fireman for Manhattan for many years. He was active with the Manhattan Township Library and Manhattan Historical Society. Mr. Mundt was in the U.S. Air Force during World War II in Europe. He was a member of the Manhattan American Legion Post 935 and the Joliet VFW Post 2199. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Truman Mundt. Surviving are 2 nephews, Alan Mundt of Wilton Center, Edward Mundt of Peotone and 1 niece, Marlene Murray of Peotone; 1 sister-in-law, Cecelia Mundt of Wilton Center; 3 great nieces, 2 great nephews; 1 great great niece and 1 great great nephew. Visitation will be 4-8 pm at Forsythe Funeral Home, Manhattan and at 9:30 am Tuesday until the 10:00 am services at St. Paul United Church of Christ in Manhattan. Rev. Carol Currier-Frighetto will officiate. Burial will be in Wilton Cemetery. Memorials may be made to St. Paul United Church of Christ or the Manhattan Fire Department.

Source: Kankakee Journal, Mar 9, 2003 Posted by Margaret Jennings, Feb 28, 2004

Harold L. MUNDT

Funeral services were held in Manhattan on Friday Dec. 24th for Harold L. MUNDT 66. He had been in Silver Cross Hospital for treatment. Death came unexpectedly on Wed. Dec. 22, 1976. He was the son of the late Henry & Margaret (EYRICH) MUNDT and has lived in the rural area of Peotone and Manhattan and Manhattan Village his entire life. Besides his parents he was also preceded in death by an infant son, Robert George. Surviving him are his wife Marguerite (nee SEELY), a daughter Mrs. Janet SPENCER of Joliet, three sisters, Mrs. Ida SIEMSEN of Peotone, Mrs. Frances KRAPF and Mrs. Vivian NAGEL of Manhattan, three brothers, Arthur and Kenneth of Manhattan, and Stanley of Aurora; three grandchildren and two great grandchildren; numerous nephew, nieces and cousins. He was employed at the Pete Murphy Ford Company until retiring and was an excellent mechanic; a faithful worker, always with a pleasant smile and cheerful word, with an exceptional sense of humor. The funeral was held on Dec. 24 from the Fred C. Dames Funeral Home in Manhattan to St. Paul’s United Church of Christ for services at 1 p.m. The pastor, Rev. Eugene Kalkbrenner, officiated. Burial was in Manhattan Center Cemetery.

Source: Peotone Vedette, 5 Jan 1977 Posted by Colleen Bettenhausen, Jan 27, 2005

Henry C. MUNDT

Henry C. MUNDT, 83, retired farmer, died early Wednesday morning at his home here. Mr. MUNDT was a lifetime resident of Will County. He was born Dec. 8, 1872 in Frankfort. On Feb. 27, 1901, he was married in Wallingford. He was a member of the Immanuel Evangelical and Reformed Church. Survivors include his wife, Maggie; three daughters, Mrs. Ida SIEMSEN of Peotone, Mrs. Frances KRAPF of Manhattan and Mrs. Vivian NAGEL of Monee; four sons, Stanley of Aurora, Kenneth, Arthur and Harold of Manhattan; 14 grandchildren; three great grandchildren; and two brothers, Charles and George of Manhattan. Funeral services will be held tomorrow, Friday, at 2 p.m. from the Immanuel Evangelical and Reformed Church. Dr. E. H. PLASSMAN will officiate and burial will be in Wilton Center Cemetery. Friends may call at the Fedde-Helfrich Chapel today and until the time of services.

Source: Peotone Vedette, 15 Mar 1956; Date of Death: 14 Mar 1956 Posted by Colleen Bettenhausen, May 25, 2005

Truman C MUNDT

Wilton Twp – Truman C. Mundt, 68, of Wilton Township, died Friday, June 27, 1997, at Silver Cross Hospital. He was born November 6, 1919 in Manhattan, son of Charles and Mary (Reitz) Mundt. Surviving are his wife, Cecelia (Gallagher), 2 sons, Alan (Marty) Mundt of Wilton Township; Edward (Sherry) Mundt of Peotone Township and 1 daughter, Marlene (Tim) Murray of Peotone; 1 brother, Donald Mundt of Manhattan; 5 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild. Mr. Mundt was a lifelong farmer and a township trustee for Wilton Township. Visitation will be from 2-4 pm and 6-9 pm Monday at Forsythe Funeral Chapel in Manhattan. Services will be at 10 am Tuesday at St. Pauls United Church of Christ, Manhattan where he was a member. The Rev. Davis Switzer will officiate. Memorials may be made to St. Pauls United Church of Christ or the Manhattan Paramedics.

Source: Peotone Vedette, date unknown Posted by Margaret Jennings, Feb 28, 2004


Stabbing Affair. — On Sunday the 14th instant, there was a stabbing affair, one mile west of this city, which resulted in the death of one of the parties. It appeared that two men, named James MURPHY and James MAHER, had some difficulty, a fight ensued in which Murphy received a frightful cut across the abdomen and died in a few hours. An inquest was held by Coroner DALY, and Maher arrested and committed to jail to await trial for the killing. The deceased was a resident of the town of Plainfield. Maher was from Chicago. Both parties were intoxicated. This is another terrible warning against the practice of drinking to excess.

Source: Joliet Signal, Joliet, IL, Vol. 21, No, 37, Page 2, Feb 23, 1864 Posted by Lawrence B Peet, Aug 14, 2000